It’s finally here! After months of auditions, boot camp and live shows The X Factor 2011 final is upon us – but who will be crowned champion from the three remaining acts?
The show kicked off in spectacular fashion, with Dermot O’Leary arriving by taxi
The finalists all took part in an opening group number, performing the Take That track Greatest Day
Marcus Collins was first to perform, singing OutKast’s Hey Ya while perched on top of a jumbo jet
The judges gave the perky Liverpudlian the thumbs up for his performance
Not to be outdone, Little Mix appeared on motorbikes to sing You Got The Love
Once again the judges loved it, much to the girls’ delight
Amelia Lily had nothing quite as elaborate on stage but was surrounded by backing dancers as she sang Christina Aguilera’s Ain’t No Other Man
The show also featured a performance from JLS singing She Makes Me Wanna – with One Direction joining them on stage midway through to perform What Makes You Beautiful
In the second half of the show, the acts each had the chance to perform a duet with their mentor. Marcus kicked things off, teaming up with Gary Barlow to sing Billy Joel’s She’s Always A Woman To Me
Tulisa meanwhile joined Little Mix on stage to sing a mash-up of If I Ain’t Got You and Empire State Of Mine
And Kelly Rowland performed an enthusiastic version of River Deep Mountain High with Amelia
While awaiting the results, former winner turned global superstar Leona Lewis performed her new single Hurt
There was also a special performancer from Canadian crooner Michael Buble
And then it was time to send one act home. Little Mix were the first to learn that they had made it through to Sunday night
With Little Mix through, would the second act in the top two be Amelia or Marcus….?
It’s Marcus! And both he and Gary Barlow looked thrilled to have reached the top two
All of which meant it was time to say goodbye to Amelia Lily – who thanked the fans for voting her back into the show and keeping her there
So Little Mix and Marcus will go head to head on Sunday night – but only one can be crowned X Factor 2011 champion….